School Details

Bridges Academy

1325 53rd Avenue, Oakland, CA 94601
(510) 535-3876
2

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 388 students 16 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

16%
47%
56%
44%
59%
65%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Oakland Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

1%
38%
46%
20%
59%
66%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Oakland Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

19%
58%
65%
34%
64%
72%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Oakland Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

42%
53%
60%
50%
59%
65%
46%
46%
57%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Oakland Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Bridges Academy is a public elementary school in Oakland. The principal of Bridges Academy is Clara Tarango, whose e-mail is clara.tarango@ousd.k12.ca.us. 388 children attend Bridges Academy and identify mostly as Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and White, non-Hispanic. 82% of the Bridges Academy students are "limited in English proficiency." 87% of the 388 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Bridges Academy is 16:1. Horace Mann Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 93% 37%
Black, non-Hispanic 2% 35%
White, non-Hispanic 2% 6%
Multiracial 1% %
Asian 1% 13%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.5% 0.4%
Filipino 0% 0.8%
Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Unspecified 0% 6%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 43395%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 87% 68%
Limited English proficiency 82% 31%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    I'm a former substitute teacher. Bridges might not be the highest testing school in Oakland but the community and enrichment it offers considering their circumstance is unparalleled. Of all the schools I worked at Bridges stands out apart from the rest for exceeding expectations. There are certainly challenges with the demographic of students that come to Bridges but the teachers and administration manage to form students with academic and life skills that exceed many of the other schools I worked at. This was apparent when working at some of the middle schools that Bridges feeds into - students from Bridges are often more mature than students from elsewhere. All the teachers I got to know at Bridges are passionately involved in the well-being of their students. They have an awesome PE and music program. Bridges offers more community events and enrichment than some schools I worked at with large PTAs. I think part of their success is in the small class sizes and high academic and behavioral standard that the entire faculty hold their kids to. If your child has your (a parent's) support at home Bridges will take care of their part set him or her on a course for success.

  • (1 year ago)

    My son had a great experience at Bridges Academy. His teacher Ms. Zerme o was excellent! She welcomed parent involvement & embraced the various cultures represented (although in this limited review we are all lumped into the category of "Hispanic" there were different cultures from several countries (Mexico El Salvador Honduras Guatemala etc.). I hope that families do not make their decision on whether to take their child(ren) here merely based on the ratings/test scores as they fail to adequately represent the brilliance of our children & the societal realities beyond their control. The one drawback at this school is that there is constant fundraising that takes place but it is not the school's fault since Bridges is in a wealthy state California whose priorities are skewed resulting in extremely limited budgets for education. Regardless of the limited funding my son gained valuable social skills (appreciating others' differences by learning to sing not only in English but also in Nahuatl and Mum in addition to Spanish & French. He left this school with a sense of cultural pride & very self-confident being able to communicate fluently in both English & Spanish.

  • (4 years ago)

    This school needs much improvement the classes are week and do not prepare you for university also there are too many kids that have serious mental and social issues making it very hard to socialise with any of ones piers. Luckily Los Angeles is large enough to have friends from other schools/ The classes at this school are also okay and there are some great students but the teachers can not teach to their potential due to the students that go their.

  • (6 years ago)

    I tutored at this school and I was impressed by the level of parent involvment and teacher dedication

  • (10 years ago)

    great school. my elementary years there were my best years. now i'm a successful sophomore at hays high school in buda texas. i really miss all of my teachers at melrose!

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